GREATER THAN GOLD: FIONA DE JONG
Written on the 9 August 2016 by Laura Daquino
AS A young girl riding BMX bikes, Fiona de Jong never dreamed she would be where she is today, CEO of the Australian Olympic Committee and the first female to hold this title.
"One of the challenges we have in Australia with our athletes is they may not believe they can have a duality of careers," says de Jong.
"Having walked that path, I know that it is tough, but more athletes need to know you can do both, and keeping a healthy body means you have a healthy mind.
"I haven't experienced being a woman as particularly significant or insignificant in my career, which in itself I think is an accomplishment for women."
In true athlete form, de Jong believes time management is the basis for success, and 'there is no better place than school or university' to learn such a skill.